The New Democratic Party (French: Nouveau Parti démocratique), commonly referred to by its acronym NDP in English and NPD in French, is a social-democratic federal political party in Canada.The current leader of the NDP is Thomas Mulcair, who was elected in the 2012 leadership election.
The provincial wings of the NDP in Manitoba and Nova Scotia currently form the governments in those provinces. Provincial parties have previously formed governments in British Columbia, Ontario, and Saskatchewan, and the territorial party formed the government in Yukon. In the 2011 federal election under the leadership of Jack Layton, the NDP won the second-most seats in the Canadian House of Commons, gaining the title of Official Opposition for the first time in Canadian ...
Robin MacLachlan is the face of a new breed in Ottawa: NDP corporate lobbyist.
The former NDP staffer works the phones on behalf of 11 clients – including large companies such as Cisco Systems, Nalcor Energy and Nestlé Canada Inc. – and increasingly pops up on political talk shows as an NDP supporter.
He prefers to say he’s in the “government relations” business.
“The word lobbyist has taken on a bit of a pejorative character to it, so for that I may get the odd joke from my social democratic friends, but it’s all in good humour,” ...
New Democratic Party MPs called Thursday for stronger civilian oversight of the Canadian military, saying the Afghan-detainees affair has shown the need for greater transparency and accountability by the Canadian Forces.
They proposed the creation of a civilian office of inspector general, similar to positions in the United States and Australia.
Citing Britain and Australia, they said the existing judge advocate general — the top legal person in the military — should be a civilian, not a member of the armed forces.
The proposals were made at a news conference held by Ottawa MP ...
Jack Layton of the New Democratic Party (NDP) is now the best-ranked federal party leader in Canada, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 29 per cent of respondents approve of Layton’s performance, up three points since February.The approval rating for Canadian prime minister and Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper stands at 26 per cent, down two points in a month. 15 per cent of respondents approve of the way Liberal and Official Opposition leader Michael Ignatieff is handling his duties, also down two points in a month. Canadians renewed the House of Commons in ...
Bring out your anti-choice, anti-gay MPs and nomination candidates fellow Conservatives! There’s no moral crusader like an old moral crusader, and the Conservative MP and challenger seeking the nomination in Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner have proven that.
Jim Hillyer, Conservative MP for Lethbridge - famous for mimicking gun shots while voting in the House of Commons - took on the issue of rights for gays and lesbians:
“a lot of the trouble with the social and moral issues is the people who don’t share our views on these issues are very clever and very sly. They hijack our language — it’s like 1984 newspeak or doublespeak.”- Jim Hillyer, Medicine Hat News, September 10, 2014
Err, OK Jim. Not wanting to be outdone, erstwhile Conservative MP Dan Hein, challenging Hillyer for the nomination added:
“’I’m not interested in somebody parading in front of me their sexual preferences, whether hetero or anything else … I don’t believe it is proper form, I don’t believe it benefits anyone to bring this stuff out in garrish [sic] fashion and parade it in the
Conservatives give China control over investments in Canada Quiet ratification of FIPA locks Canada into a bad deal for 31 years
After a two year delay, the Conservatives today ratified a controversial Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) with China that will give China’s state-controlled companies the same protection under the law as private Canadian companies.
“Instead of admitting their mistake and getting a deal that actually benefits Canadian companies, the Conservatives have locked Canada into a badly one-sided agreement for the next three decades,” said NDP International Trade critic Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway). “In effect, it will give China access to, and control over, some of Canada’s natural resources for the next 31 years, and subject Canadian taxpayers to enormous liabilities through investor lawsuits,” he underlined.
Davies reiterated the importance of engaging with China and other emerging markets, while providing clear rules that give confidence to investors and also protect and promote Ca
Friday Afternoon Harper Special – Let’s Give China Control over Investments! The word in Ottawa today is that Stephen Harper will quietly ratify the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) before the weekend.
The agreement will give China’s state-controlled companies the same protection under the law as private Canadian companies. In effect, it will give China access to, and control over, some of Canada’s natural resources for the next 31 years. It will also:
allow foreign corporations the right to sue Canadian governments for legislating in the public interest and protecting our environment.
allow disputes to be heard by unaccountable tribunals with no public access.
On April 22, 2013 NDP Trade Critic Don Davies put forward a motion in the House asking for the government not to ratify the agreement.
You can see the results here. Conservatives and Liberals voted together in favour of the agreement.
Sign the NDP’s petition against the agreement.
Because Canadians deserve better.
Conservatives failing to ensure drug safety The NDP is demanding that the Minister of Health explain serious oversights in drug safety, including why drug manufacturers that repeatedly failed to meet safety standards are allowed to distribute their products in Canada.
“Medicine is a matter of life and death for thousands of Canadians and they expect that Health Canada will ensure that these drugs are safe,” said NDP Health critic Libby Davies (Vancouver East). “It is alarming that we had to rely on U.S. officials to identify safety problems, and that these issues were kept from the Canadian public.”
A Toronto Star investigation found that over the past six years more than 40 Canadian drug companies have been cited for serious product safety violations. New Democrats have long called attention to Health Canada’s lack of safety enforcement and transparency.
Just two months ago, Conservatives dismissed concrete suggestions to improve their own weak drug safety legislation and ensure full safety information reached the Can